Archive for October 25th, 2012

Critique Speaking Writing Contest

25 October 2012

The Critique Speaking Contest is not only your opportunity to share your experience, but get a short video made of that experience!


·         All submissions will be read.

·         In February 2013, 25 will be chosen to receive a reading live by the Avatar Repertory Theater on the virtual world, Second Life, produced by The Sanity Patrol Players.

·         Recordings of these readings will be posted on The Sanity Patrol website.

·         For the month of March, anyone and everyone will vote for their favorites.

·         The Sanity Patrol Players will produce videos of the top 3-5 pieces on Second Life. (see examples of the videos)

·         Videos will be posted on YouTube and The Sanity Patrol Press website in May 2013.


Submission Guidelines

1.    Submissions must be 500-1000 characters in length.

2.    Entries must be a monologue for Tikka or a dialogue between Tikka and Arthur (see character photos).

3.    The point of view must be that of Tikka.

4.    Submissions can be real, fictional, speculative, or anything in between.

5.    Do not include stage directions unless absolutely necessary.

6.    Submit entries in an email to:

7.    Maximum of 5 entries per person

8.    Winning writers maintain copyright and license The Sanity Patrol for noncommercial use of the material

9.    DEADLINE: December 31, 2012


About Tikka. Tikka loves literature, plays, movies and games. She also loves authors – they possess a magic that transports her into alternative realities. From her own efforts at writing, she has learned that developing a new work requires she not only understand the rudimentary elements of story, but learn ways to best communicate with authors.

About Arthur. Arthur identifies himself as an author. Like most authors, one minute he’s articulate and profound, and the next he’s self indulgent and goofy. Sometimes he’s earnest and open to feedback, and others he’s smug and cynical. He recognizes he needs help and establishes a relationship with Tikka.

About Second Life. Second Life is a virtual world that anyone with a computer and online access can access for free. Participants select (or design) an avatar they can maneuver through the many environments built by other participants, attend live concerts and theater, shop for all kinds of dazzling fashion and role play under a wide range of circumstances.

About The Sanity Patrol Players. Since 1998, The Sanity Patrol Players have produced live theater, industrial theater, virtual theater and mixed reality theater.

About Avatary Repertory Theater (ART). Founded in 2008, ART is a troupe of actors, graphic artists, pro­gram­mers, musicians and sound eng­ineers from all over the globe to produce virtual theater on Second Life.

About Critique Speak. Critique Speak is an upcoming comprehensive graphic ebook on the language of constructive feedback. Tikka and Arthur serve as the main characters.



Critique Speak Blog


Wild Violet Magazine Fiction and Poetry Contest

25 October 2012
Wild Violet is accepting submissions for its annual Fiction and Poetry contests.
The deadline is November 16, 2012.
Submission fee is $5 per poem or story.
First place winners in each contest receive $100 and publication;
second and third place winners receive publication.
For full details, contact
or visit


25 October 2012

(Ventura, CA – September 19, 2012) The Ventura County Writers’ Weekend needs volunteers to help in a variety of positions for this year’s event, to be held Saturday and Sunday, November 3 & 4 at the Pleasant Valley Senior Center in Camarillo. The event is open to the public and will host two days of educational seminars.
The Pacific Institute for Professional Writing, producer of the event, is asking for the public’s support by volunteering. As a nonprofit organization, the community’s involvement welcomed and appreciated. The Ventura County Writers Club (VCWC), Ojai Writers Conference, Mystery Writers of America SoCal chapter, Independent Writers of Southern California and the Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network (SPAWN) are co-sponsors.


Volunteer positions include: ticket takers, registration desk, poster and flier distribution, and more. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should sign up on the volunteer page of the website:


To learn more about the Writers’ Weekend, visit: or contact Kate Sexton, Event Coordinator, at, or by calling 805-633-1506.
The Pacific Institute for Professional Writing is a California 501 (c) (3) corporation. The mission and goals of Institute are:
To bridge the unpublished with the professional community of editors, agents and publishers

To publish exceptional works of fiction and nonfiction that benefit the community
To produce quality events for the writing community and book lovers.
To inspire a curiosity for written and performance related vision
To deliver professional level education on all types of writing
To encourage all new forms of written communication
To demonstrate effective written communication
To mentor the next generation of writers
To learn more about the Institute, visit:

Briarpatch’s Second Annual Creative Writing Contest!

25 October 2012

Briarpatch Magazine is now accepting submissions of original, unpublished writing in the categories of short fiction and creative non-fiction (memoir, personal essay, literary journalism) that bring to life issues of political, social and environmental justice. We want writing from the edges – from new writers who have something important to say, or from longtime writers who can show us a new way of seeing things. We want bold and courageous writing that pushes the boundaries between fact and fiction, between journalism and prose, and that deconstructs tough issues in inventive, original ways. With award-winning writers Zoe Whittall and Carmen Aguirre as our judges and $750 in cash prizes to give away, this opportunity is not to be missed! Your $25 entry fee gets you a full year’s subscription to Briarpatch (regularly $28.95), which makes it hard to lose. This fee helps to cover the costs of organizing, promoting and administrating the contest, as well as the cash prizes.

This year’s short story entries will be judged by acclaimed novelist and poet ZOE WHITTALL. She is the author of the Lambda award-winning Holding Still for as Long as Possible, and Bottle Rocket Hearts, which was named a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year and is among the CBC Canada Reads Top Ten Essential Novels of the Decade.

Creative non-fiction entries will be judged by best-selling author, actor, and award-winning playwright CARMEN AGUIRRE. Aguirre’s Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter, which chronicles her story as a young resistance fighter against Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, won the 2012 CBC Canada Reads contest.

Contest winners will be published in Briarpatch Magazine and awarded $300. Honourable mentions will be featured online alongside contest winners at and will each receive $75.

The top entry from Briarpatch‘s hometown of Regina will be treated to lunch with award-winning author Sandra Birdsell.

Submissions should not exceed 2500 words.

The deadline for entry is December 1, 2012.

See for full contest details.

The Medulla Review – First Poetry Book Contest

25 October 2012

The Medulla Review/Medulla Publishing is hosting the first ever

Medulla Poetry Book Contest for full-length poetry manuscripts.  

The first place winners will receive $500 in addition to publication.  

Prizes for second and third place winners too.  

The entry fee is $20

The contest will run from September 15, 2012 to June 15, 2013,

and the winning book will be published in August, 2013.

The guidelines are here:

America’s Next Author Fiction Writing Contest

25 October 2012

Welcome to America’s Next Author, the first social writing contest, is now open for contest entries! We’d love to be included on your website. The contest’s website is:

America’s Next Author is a huge writing contest with a $5000 grand prize, and is now accepting entries. But more importantly, it’s built around a very unique concept: all contest entries will be visible to the public and the winner will be chosen by voters and our panel of judges.

Readers will be able to comment on stories, give feedback to authors, and vote for their favorites. This gives authors a great opportunity to get feedback on their work and build an online following. It’s also much more fun and exciting because in regular writing contests, only the winning stories are shown and nobody else ever finds out why they didn’t win.

The competition will have eight nomination rounds. Each week, the top-ranked author will be nominated for the finals. And even if a story isn’t nominated, it will remain in the contest and have another chance to be nominated each week. During this process, authors can increase their chances of winning by getting everyone they know to vote for their story.

In addition to being read by the public, the contest entries will be judged by a panel of experienced professionals from the publishing industry. These judges will read entries and provide feedback to authors. They will also nominate four additional wildcard authors, adding them into the final rounds of competition.

10 Spots Left!

Deadline: NOVEMBER 27, 2012

You’ve discovered the first real social writing contest, where the winners will be chosen based on a unique combination of votes from readers and judging by industry experts. Nominees from Rounds #1 and #2 have been chosen, and Round #3 is underway. There are still a total of 10 spots left, so sign up now!

Visit the website for details:

“50 Best iPad Apps for Reading Disabilities”

25 October 2012

This is Rosa from We write about apps for reading disabilities, and  some of your recent discussions and posts inspired our recent article, “50 Best iPad Apps for Reading Disabilities”

Whether you’re the parent of a child with a reading disability or an educator that works with learning disabled students on a daily basis, you’re undoubtedly always looking for new tools to help these bright young kids meet their potential and work through their disability. While there are numerous technologies out there that can help, perhaps one of the richest is the iPad, which offers dozens of applications designed to meet the needs of learning disabled kids and beginning readers alike. Here, we highlight just a few of the amazing apps out there that can help students with a reading disability improve their skills not only in reading, writing, and spelling, but also get a boost in confidence and learn to see school as a fun, engaging activity, not a struggle. Visit the website:

Last Call for Entries! Gold Line Press 2012 Poetry and Fiction Chapbook Competitions — Deadline Sept. 30, 2012

25 October 2012

Gold Line Press’s 2012 Poetry & Fiction Chapbook Competitions are now open for submissions!

Submit your manuscript on or before SEPTEMBER 30, 2012.

Each winner receives $500, publication of her/his perfect-bound chapbook with ISBN, and 10 contributor copies. Gold Line Press sends out an additional 30 copies on behalf of winners to respected literary venues for review. Winners can purchase additional copies of their chapbooks at cost.

Poetry manuscripts should be between 20-30 pages, not including table of contents. The Poetry Chapbook Competition judge this year is MARK IRWIN, author of Tall If.

Fiction submissions should be between 7,500-15,000 words. The Fiction Chapbook Competition judge this year is DANA JOHNSON, author of Elsewhere, California.

A $15 reading fee ($18 for overseas) applies and, if your manuscript is not selected for publication, you will receive a copy of the winning chapbook in spring of next year. For full competition guidelines and to submit your manuscript, please visit:

Gold Line Press is associated with the USC PhD Creative Writing & Literature Program with the aim to promote the work of emerging poets and fiction writers, as well as to promote / elevate the chapbook form. The Gold Line Press editorial board does not adhere to any specific aesthetic approach. We seek out voices that deserve to be heard by a larger audience, whether those voices speak in formal or experimental verse.

Our chapbooks are created with the intention of producing an elegant, perfect-bound book. Overall, our goal is to showcase exceptional emerging writers and reward them not only with publication, but also with broad distribution of their work to reviewers and bloggers. While most chapbooks have received only limited exposure in the past, our aim is to make the chapbook a more relevant medium and a truly useful tool for new writers who want to bring their work to a broader audience.

Feel free to pass this along to anyone who may be interested! We look forward to reading your submissions.


The Gold Line Press Staff

The Black Mountain Press Literary Contest

25 October 2012
The Asheville Award by the Black Mountain Press
The Asheville Award is a twice  annual international competition offering $500 plus publication by the Black Mountain Press for a book length poetry, and novel or collection of short stories. Manuscripts are accepted for review this year by June 15th and October 19th. The winner will be announced 90 days after the deadline and the book and author will be featured in the Black Mountain Press website along with a list of finalists.
 Contest Deadlines: October 19th, 2012 and May 17th 2013
Winners announced:  Jan. 31st 2013- and July 2013
Award: $500 and publication by the Black Mountain Press
Entry Fee: $25 check or money order only.
 Send manuscripts or 48 or more pages of poetry, a novel or collection of short stories, no more than one poem per page, no smaller than 12pt type in an easily readable font. Work may have appeared in journals, magazines, or chapbooks, but not in full-length, single author collections.
 Your name address, phone number, e-mail address, and title of work must appear on the cover page only. This will be a blind judging so author’s name should not appear anywhere in the manuscript except on the cover letter. There is no restriction on content, style or subject, we are just looking for the best manuscripts.
 All checks or money orders for the reading fee of $25, must be made payable to: Courtyard Agency, who will be responsible for the judging. Add $10 if you would like a sample publication. Submissions without this reading fee will not be considered. A $40 fee will be charged for returned checks.
Mailed Entries
If mailed, use white, lightweight paper typed and printed on one side of the paper only, double  spaced and with a 12pt easily readable font. No handwriting should appear anywhere in the manuscript.  All manuscripts should be sent to: The Black Mountain Press, PO Box 9907, Asheville, NC, 28815. Entry fee is $25 for mailed entries made out to the Courtyard Agency.
Emailed Entries.
Guidelines for emailed entries are the same as mailed entries but saved as a .doc or .txt ONLY. All others will be disqualified. NO DOCX!  Electronic manuscripts should be emailed to   Entry fee for emailed entries is $35 to help offset our costs of printing and filing and processing fees of ebay and paypal. You can pay for your entry on ebay here:
Pay for the reading fee first then include the invoice receipt number with your emailed entry.
For all entries: Mail a SASE (number 10 envelope), with sufficient postage for notification of the results of judging. Manuscripts will not be returned and will be recycled. Entries can be mailed or emailed.
For questions about submissions, please email us at: